We had a fantastic week on the water with great weather and hungry fish around the river. It is still windy most days, but very fishable and lots of places to hide from the worst of it. Expect this type conditions for most of April as we transition into summer patterns and less windy days. Water temperatures have been in the low 70's and the fish have been feeding on the flats. It was a fun week on the water!
Walter had his grandsons, Mack and Holt, out for a fishing adventure this year. The boys caught lots of fish including sheepshead, ladyfish and snapper. Pierre and Sil were out on a very windy day that had us clinging to the mangroves, but the guys caught fish anyway. It was fun in spite of the weather. Jeff and Ryan were out on another windy morning. Ryan out fished dad all morning. They caught juvenile snook, snapper, sheepshead and a nice flounder to round out the day. The winds continue, but you can find somewhere to fish on most days. Peter had his grandsons, Will & Henry out again this year. After getting broke off by a couple nice snook, Will topped off the morning with a 30" sea trout!. It was an exciting week!
The trout bite was probably the slowest for us this week, but every trout we caught were slot or better fish. With warmer water, you can find them in shallow water at first light, moving to two to five feet as the sun gets higher. Top water, Deadly Combos, DOA shrimp or live bait are good ways to fish for trout this month. Redfish can be found around docks, mangroves and drop offs on the sand bars. Most of our fish have been around the mangroves. CAL grub tails, DOA shrimp or live bait can all help find you a slot fish. Snook fishing around the jetties has been good on the high ends of the tides. Most are using live baits out there. We continue to get snook up to 24" around the mangroves which means a good population of big fish are growing out there. Sheepshead and drum fishing is slowing down slowly now as the bigger fish are heading out of the river. You can still find nice size ones, but it is slowing. Snapper fishing is improving for us. We have had a number of 12" to 14" mangroves lately around docks and mangroves and lots of undersize muttons everywhere. Jacks and ladyfish continue to haunt the river April is proving to be another good fishing month on the Treasure Coast.
The surf has been slow due to the steady easterly winds most days. Not as many anglers are braving the conditions to get out on the beach. When you can fish the beach, expect whiting, bluefish and the occasional pompano. The inlet has mackerel, bluefish, jacks and ladyfish coming in with the tides. I think I can finally pack away those sweat suits and long johns for another year. It's nice to have 80 degree weather again! Time to get out and enjoy some good fishing action!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another hobby....it's an ADVENTURE!!
Good Fishing and Be Safe,
Captain Charlie Conner